Cross, John L. (November 1, 1920 - July 8, 1999)
Douglas Budget - July 21, 1999Memorial services for John L. Cross, 78, were conducted last week with the Rev. Leonard Robinson officiating.
Military honors were accorded by the United Veterans Council of Natrona County. Interment of cremated remains will be in Custer, Mont., at a later date.
Mr. Cross died July 8 at Poplar Living Center in Casper.
He was born Nov. 1, 1920, to James and Anna (Keyes) Cross in Custer. He graduated from high school in Custer in 1939 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He attained the rank of second lieutenant before being discharged in 1945. He served in action in the European Theater.
While in England during World War II, he met and married Margaret Dudley in 1943.
After the war, he returned to Custer to enter business with his father. Throughout his life, he was a mechanic/welder and was employed in various locations in Montana, Washington, Alaska and Wyoming. He worked on the construction of power dams, nuclear power plants, highways and railroads. He spent time in Alaska helping build the famous Alaska Pipeline.
He married Genell Younkin in December 1969 in Kalispell, Mont., acquiring three step-children and six step-children. He retired in 1982 after building a nuclear power plant in northwest Washington with the Operating Engineers Union. They enjoyed several years of traveling the southwest and northwest and made a winter home in Yuma, Ariz. They made a summer, and eventually permanent home in Wyoming.
He was an avid gun collector and displayed his collection at many shows, where he won several prizes. He also enjoyed more than 50 years membership in the American Legion.
Throughout his travels he made many friends and will be remembered for his fun-loving nature and Irish blarney.
Survivors include his wife of Glenrock; daughter Mary Ann Georgeson of Lander; three stepchildren; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and three brothers.
Those wishing to show an expression of sympathy may make memorials to Special Care Unit at Poplar Living Center or the Glenrock Senior Citizen's Center.
Bustard's Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.